UCLA junior Nicole McNamara was voted Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Player of the Year and is part of the duo that was voted Pac-12 Pair of the Year with her twin sister Megan McNamara, the Conference office announced today. USC’s Tina Graudina was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year while UCLA’s Stein Metzger was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second-straight year.
Another thriller for the Husky Beach Volleyball team went down to the wire at the Pac-12 Championships, but the Dawgs came up just short of another upset as their season came to a close with a 3-2 defeat to 12th-ranked California.
No. 1-ranked and top-seeded UCLA defeated USC to claim the Bruins’ first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championship crown on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium. The Bruins did not drop a dual in the three-day event, extending their program-record win streak to 30 in a row.
For the third time in the three years of the Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Championships, Washington is one of the last four teams in the hunt heading into the final day of the tournament, and got there with an exciting upset.